Louise Bennett, Company Manager, Rehearsal Director
Louise Bennett trained at The Royal Ballet School and danced with English National Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet and the Royal Swedish Ballet, as well as completing a degree in English Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London. She retired from dancing professionally in 2016, and now works on a freelance basis as a ballet teacher, rehearsal director, choreographer and manager.
She regularly teaches ballet classes at companies including Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, Company Wayne McGregor, Rambert Dance Company and Ballet Black, and has been a guest teacher at Ballet Basel and Zfin Malta. She teaches a range of open ballet classes throughout London, as well as at schools including Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, London Studio Centre, Trinity Laban and Ballet International in Stockholm. She has also choreographed several pieces over the last twenty years, starting by winning the Ninette de Valois and Kenneth Macmillan choreographic awards while at school, and most recently creating ‘Ada’ for National Youth Ballet, which was performed at Sadler’s Wells in September 2018.
Louise was rehearsal director for dance musical Voices of the Amazon (choreographer: Helen Pickett) at Sadler's Wells in 2017, and is assisting James Cousins in the creation of a new work in association with production company Sisters Grimm. She has also worked with BalletBoyz, joining the company on national and international tours as their Company Manager from 2016-2018.
Anna Gillespie, Sculptor
Born in 1964, Anna Gillespie studied Philosophy, Politics & Economics at Wadham College, Oxford and then International Relations at the London School of Economics. In 1988 she returned to her childhood passion for sculpture, training in Stone Masonry and Carving before working at Centro d'Arte, Verrocchio, Italy as studio assistant to sculptor, Nigel Konstam. A subsequent MA in Fine and Media Arts at Cheltenham College of Art formalised this training. She now lives and works in the South West of England and has had numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her work is in the collections of The Prudential, Burghley House Sculpture Park, The Somerset Museum, Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia, Bodrum Sculpture Park in Turkey and also in private collections throughout America, the Middle East and Europe. She is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors and of Spike Island Print Studio.
Neus Gil Cortes, Dramaturge
Neus is a dramaturg and choreographer with more than ten years of experience as a professional dancer. After graduating from CODARTS, in Holland, Neus has danced in companies such as Hofesh Shechter Company, National Dance Company Wales and Dance Works Rotterdam, amongst others.
Neus started doing dramaturgy in 2011, assisting Eran Gisin for his solo “Emotions, job, emotions, once a day” which won the second prize for choreography at the Solo Dance-Theatre festival in Stuttgart in 2012. Since then Neus has been exploring deeper different art forms such as theatre, cinema and visual arts, the last mainly through her BA in Art History, in which she specialized in contemporary art and philosophy of art. Neus developed her dramaturgical skills further through several workshops and field work. In the Spring 2017 Neus was mentored as a dramaturg by Lou Cope through COLLABORATE, a professional development program supported through South East Dance and Jerwood Charitable Foundation Dramaturg in Residence 2016/17.
She was also selected by LMPT in Spain to receive coaching from theatre director and playwright Eva Redondo to explore the coming together of dance, theatre and circus arts throughout the year 2017. This program allowed Neus to explore further into the possibilities of multidisciplinary practices. The result of the research will be developed into a full evening piece in 2018.
Neus collaborates regularly as a dramaturg with choreographers Johnny Autin: A Positive Life and Dystopia; Richard Chappell: At The End We Begin; Feet off the Ground: The Way They Were Then and Éter; Choreographer Jan Lee and digital artist Tim Murray-Browne: Movement Alphabet.
Neus' creations have been presented in Holland, U.K., N.Y. and Spain, supported by Dansateliers Rotterdam, Arts Council of England, Arts Council of Wales, La Zona Kubik, Dance West, Kingston Council, OMI Arts Center, C12 Dance Theatre, The Space, The Place, Trip Space, University of Hertfordshire, Liga Mujeres Profesionales del Teatro en España, South East Dance, The Garage and Dance East.
Neus was selected for a three weeks choreographic residency in August 2015 at OMI Arts Center, in NY. In 2017 she got invited to come back to mentor the resident choreographers of that year.
Photo: Danilo Moroni
Samuel Hall, Composer
Sam started his musical journey as a full time cathedral chorister in Rochester Cathedral, further nourishing from King’s Rochester and early encouragement from Robert Saxton led on to learning with Kerry Andrew at Junior Trinity Conservatoire of music and dance with kind support from Marion Friend. Sam then went on to study as a composition scholar at the Royal College of Music with Mark Anthony Turnage.
Sam has had his music performed by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Aurora Orchestra, Juice Vocal Ensemble and the National Youth Orchestra in venues including the Royal Opera House, The Lindbury Theatre, Snape Maltings, The Royal College of Music, the South Bank Centre and Rochester Cathedral.
He has also worked in collaboration with contemporary dance choreographers including a commission in 2012 ‘Views’ for youth dancers from Laban, choreographed by Lucy Anne Evans performed at the South Bank Centre, and a piece at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Theatre as part of the YDE scheme, working with choreographer Molly Roberts. Sam recently wrote a 50 minute score for the Richard Chappell Dance's new work 'At The End We Begin',
In May 2016, Sam's short comic opera 'Killer Graphics,' (libretto by Darren Rapier), was performed at the Britten Theatre, South Kensington, by members of the RCM Opera School, directed by Bill Bankes-Jones in association with Tête à Tête.
He has also produced electronic music, with his remix of Dai Fujikura's piece 'Away we Play' performed by Juice Vocal Ensemble, and featured on their album 'Laid Bare' released on the Nonclassical Label. In May 2014 he wrote a piece 'These Walls' for Viola and Electronics, which was performed at the London Science Museum through the 'Exponential Horn'.
Sam has recently released ‘Losing it All’, an electronic crossover EP featuring music for piano, strings and synth.
Photo: Eric Ollivier
Daniel Martin, Filmmaker
Daniel Martin is a Filmmaker, Dancer and Choreographer currently working within the UK. As a filmmaker, Dan has worked in collaboration with Richard Chappell Dance, Protein, James Wilton Dance, Dance in Devon, Swindon Dance and many others to create a wide range of films and media work.
Dan has worked with RCD on documenting At the end we begin and Still Touch in both rehearsal and performance and is the director of the company's new film Silence Between Waves.